The Columbus Animal Care and Control Center has been inundated today with calls and e-mails from people interested in adopting Rose, a 10-year-old Rottweiler mix whose owner passed away last week.
Drale Short, Columbus' division manager of special enforcement, said animal control received more than 100 calls about Rose. The center's phone and computer systems even crashed this morning.
Rose will be up for adoption Wednesday at 10 a.m. Those interested should show up at that time at the center, located behind the new PAWS Humane building on Milgen Road. Potential "parents" will get to spend about 30 minutes with her. Rose's new parents will then be chosen through a lottery.
"I feel confident she'll find a home," Short said.
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Columbus animal control workers took Rose June 24 after her owner died from natural causes. The 63-year-old woman lived alone and took care of stray animals at the Clay Drive Mobile Home Park.
Rose was scheduled to be euthanized first thing Tuesday morning, but animal control decided to hold her longer in case anyone wanted to adopt her.
Short said animal control does not screen adopters, but they will "make sure they understand what exactly is going to be needed for (Rose.)"
"We don't want somebody that's just going to throw her in the backyard," she said.
Rose has a skin condition on her back from a flea infestation, but workers said it's treatable. She is heartworm negative.
Rose isn't the only animal who needs a loving home. Short said other animals are available for adoption at animal control, where fees range from $45 to $55 for dogs and cats, depending on its age, and include a city permit and spay/neuter services.
The animal control center is located at 4910 Milgen Road.